A coalition of Civil Society Groups in the South East in collaboration with Traders Union has lauded the Nigerian Customs, Zone C in charge of South East and South South for their fight against smuggling in the zone. This is coming as investigation revealed that Nigeria Custom, Zone C made a total seizure of goods worth N5million in three years.
Briefing newsmen in Onitsha, the spokesman of the group, Dede Uzor A. Uzor, disclosed that the Custom Area Controller in charge of Federal Operations, Mr. Dimka Victor David, who is incharge of the special taskforce on Anti Smuggling has done a lot in the zone, including the attraction of the Custom Federal Secretariat in Owerri, Imo State.
Uzor who is also the chairman of Campaign for Democracy in the South East also lauded the good relationship between the Command and traders within the area. He said interactions with stakeholders including traders and haulage transporters indicated that the Command under Victor Dimka had been effective both in enlightenment and advocacy, adding that he constituted a special task force against his men to checkmate their activities in the zone.
The group also urged the special anti smuggling not relent in intercepting contraband and unwholesome goods in the interest of humanity and the economy of the zone. They however urged the Customs to continue to engage stakeholders to deepen awareness while calling on traders and transporters to be mindful of the laws and adhere to them “The coalition wish to commend the Nigerian Customs, Zone C in charge of the 11 states of the South East and South South for good job on the fight against smuggling.
The command has created a good relationship between the Service and the traders who used to cry to us for Customs’ high handedness. “From our record, the Command has impounded illegal goods worth over N5 billion since 2012 to date and that is enough to discourage illicit businessmen and encourage remittances that can boost revenue to the national treasury,” he said.
-Raymond Ozoji , Awka